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Hong Kong Suspends China Extradition Plan in Stunning Reversal

  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam says pause needed to restore order
  • Opponents still plan to march Sunday, seeking her resignation
Carrie Lam on June 15.
Carrie Lam on June 15.Photographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg
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Hong Kong’s leader suspended efforts to pass a bill allowing extraditions to China, in a dramatic reversal that she said was necessary to restore order in the Asian financial hub and avoid further violence and mass protests.

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, announced the legislative “pause” at a news conference Saturday, even as activists asked hundreds of thousands of residents who marched in protest last weekend to return to the streets and demand her resignation. Lam acknowledged that debate had shattered a period of relative calm in the former British colony, including clashes between demonstrators and police Wednesday that left more than 80 people hurt.